Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Can the Penguins make the loud Bell Center quiet?

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back on the road after snapping a three-game losing streak, which happened on the road, at PPG Paints Arena in an intense 8-7 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals.

During that memorable game, Evgeni Malkin earned a hat-trick and Sidney Crosby was flying all over the ice. It was great to see the team get a win, but they were missing the services of Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin on the blue line. It would have helped limit the Capitals chances. Crosby with 27 goals and Malkin with 21 goals join Patrik Lane (21 goals) and Mark Scheife (20 goals) of the Winnipeg Jets as the only duos in the NHL to exceed 20 goals at this point in the season.

Not all things turned out for the better for the Penguins as Matt Cullen was injured after blocking a shot on a penalty killing effort. Cullen will be out three-four weeks with an ankle injury. He will be sorely missed on the penalty kill, especially now as the Penguins have struggled with penalties. Though there is some good news on the injury front. Dumoulin practiced with a ‘no contact’ jersey, so he is making progress.

Tonight the Penguins will have to clean up their defensive game and limit the chances of the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens have solid goaltending and the Penguins cannot afford to get behind early in this game like they have in the past. It would be a harder hill to climb. They need to play smart, get offensive zone time, and stay out of the box. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Sheary - Crosby - Rust
Guentzel - Malkin - Hornqvist
Hagelin - Bonino - Kessel
Kunitz - Fehr - Wilson

Maatta - Daley
Cole - Schultz 
Gaunce - Ruhwedel

Murray in the net! 

Play by Play
PENS 4 Canadiens 1

3rd Period

1:00 - Dominance by the Pens.

3:43 - Another icing call against the Habs. Quite a few of those for them this period.

4:24 - MAATTA SCORES! The puck bounces out from behind the net and Sheary gets to it! He goes to Maatta at the point who fires a rocket past Price! 4-1 Pens

6:44 - Not much to report on. Some back and forth hockey, but nothing really being generated at the moment.

10:51 - Successfully penalty killing effort for the Pens as they kill off their first penalty without Cullen.

12:36 - Power play time for the Habs for 1:44 as Pacioretty is set free.

12:51 - Daley gets his stick up high as he is falling, so he will head to the box. 16 seconds of four-on-four hockey.

14:36 - Power play chance for the Pens as Pacioretty gets an interference penalty.

17:17 - Shaw gets two quality chances right around the net, but Murray holds strong to make the saves.

20:00 - We are back for the third period! The Pens need to build on their work in the second period and keep things going! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - Second period comes to an end and the Pens have the 3-1 lead over the Habs!

1:49 - Andrighetto scores. Andrighetto tires to put the puck out in front of the net from behind. The puck bounces off the stick of Maatta and goes off Murray to find its way into the net. 3-1 Pens

2:22 - GUENTZEL SCORES! Guentzel and Hornqvist go behind the net to fight for the dump in! Hornqvist gets the puck and passes it out to Gaunce at the point! Gaunce fires and Guentzel gets a piece of it to put it past Price! 3-0 Pens

2:39 - Solid road game for the Pens so far. They just need to keep up the good work and build on it.

4:37 - Sheary fires a shot that just goes wide of the net. Story of the second period for the Pens. This game could easily be 5-0.

6:26 - Great pressure by the Pens in the offensive zone by every line.

8:02 - This game is in the control of the Pens right now. They are getting to the pucks first and making it hard for the Habs to create anything.

10:49 - The Pens are crashing the net every chance they get. Price with some big saves. Good movement by the Pens.

12:27 - Crosby is knocked down by Pacioretty and is slow to get up. He seems to be ok and ends up going after Pacioretty to show his displeasure with the hit.

14:41 - FEHR SCORES! Daley keeps the puck in and sends it behind the net for the Pens to get to work! Sheary outlets to Kunitz at the side who finds Fehr right in front! Fehr lets go of a quick shot to put one past Price! 2-0 Pens

15:43 - That will be the end of the power play for the Pens.

17:43 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Rudalov will sit for tripping up Crosby.

20:00 - Second period time! The Pens have to come out with speed, limit turnovers, pressure Price, and stay out of the box! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period horn sounds and the Pens hold the 1-0 lead over the Habs!

1:11 - Emelin and Weber slap shots from the points that go wide. The Habs are holding the zone and getting some extended zone time. Murray holds strong.

3:27 - The fourth line of the Pens get to work in the offensive zone. Some nice work by the fourth line. Fehr looks more comfortable playing center.

5:08 - COLE SCORES! The Habs look like they will have a breakaway chance, but things turn around sending the Pens the other way! Malkin enters the zone and finds Cole trailing on the play! Cole snipes one past the blocker of Price! 1-0 Pens

5:34 - Kessel goes into the boards hard and is slow to get the bench. He stays hunched over on the bench.

6:13 - Murrray absorbs a shot for the whistle. He seems to be handling the rebound chances better.

8:08 - Shots are 4-3 in favor of the Pens. Looks like the teams have been getting more chances, but some have gone wide, ruled offsides, and so on.

9:32 - Another hard shot by Weber flies wide of the net. Habs are getting some quality chances.

11:03 - Weber fires a rocket shot, I mean it's literally a rocket at the speed he shoots, from the blue line. It rings off the goal post. What a shot he has.

13:34 - Bonino lays a big hit on Beaulieu behind the net. The Pens are getting engaged physically earlier.

14:16 - Ruhwedel fires a shot that is saved by Price. Looks solid to start this game.

17:02 - Murray has been tested earlier as he makes a quick save after a turnover in the defensive zone.

20:00 - The Pens are in Montreal! They need to play smart, stay out of the box, and keep pressuring Price! Lets Go Pens!  

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